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Navigating the Student Organization Legal Minefield: Step-by-Step Guidance

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera for essential guidance through the minefield that student organizations represent. Legal savvy, cultural sensitivity, and PR/marketing best practices must go hand-in-hand if your student organizations are to be institutional assets rather than explosive litigation and publicity nightmares.

Price: $299.00


This is a virtual event, accessible online. Access instructions will be provided after registration.
Navigating the Student Organization Legal Minefield: Step-by-Step Guidance

Student organizations on college campuses span the spectrum from Greek houses to political and cultural clubs to intramural-sports teams. At large universities, student organizations may number in the hundreds, while even small colleges sponsor and support dozens. While student organizations are vital to recruitment and retention, and the vitality of campus life, they are legal minefields for institutions and advisors alike.

Whether yours is a public university subject to First and Fourteenth Amendment “due process” requirements, or a private college covered by the common law of contracts and torts, missteps in the recognition, oversight, and funding of student organizations can have explosive results… both in the courtroom and in the media. Watchdog organizations ? such as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and Turning Point USA ? stand ready to pounce upon perceived violations of student-organization rights, while politicians, alumni, and parents are also often ready to pounce.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • The current legal landscape overlooking the recognition, supervision, and funding of student organizations
  • The “hot” legal issues that have landed colleges and universities in the courtroom and the media (and social media) spotlights
  • Best practices for the selection and training of faculty advisors
  • Due-process procedures for dealing with complaints from student organizations
  • Crisis management techniques for dealing with challenges mounted by student organizations and/or outside advocacy groups acting on their behalf
Price: $299.00



James Castagnera


  • Access your training anywhere, with a computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • Engaging and up-to-date training to support your career and your organization.
  • Handouts you can distribute to your board and staff.